Towers Watson

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Towers Watson Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
406 Reviews
3.3
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Pros
  • I like that they focus a lot on employee health and work/ life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • Flexible work environment depending upon the office and the manager (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of reviews have quoted an excellent work/life balance but I don't see it (in 52 reviews)

  • No work life balance during peak seasons (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Make sure you have a people manager who takes development seriously.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst
    Former Employee - Analyst

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to various clients and industries.

    Flexible work environment depending upon the office and the manager.

    Cons

    You'll do the same work over and over again. If you get stuck with a people manager who doesn't care about development you can get dead ended. Some offices afford you more flexibility than others. Average benefits. I highly recommend not starting your career at Towers. Other firms do a much better job of developing their people. Go to Hay, Pay Governance or Pear Meyer if you are starting your career in this field. You'll be treated much better as an analyst or project manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job of picking people managers. Look at what offices have high turnover/haven't promoted people and ask yourself what has been the constant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company unless you work in the Finance Department

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Billing Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Project Billing Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are opportunities to post out to other departments, but it is very rare and a slow process to transfer out of the Finance Department. The Finance Department is looked down upon and the workers are treated like peons. Management is very hands on and is constantly watching who is at their seats and working. The Department is micro managed from the Director down to the Supervisors. It is a very abrasive and tense environment.

    Cons

    I don't have anything positive to say about personal growth, promotions and leadership except it is very hard to move. The low balled the salaries of the employees just joining the team and the disparity in salaries amoungst the group is very large. Some people make 38,000 and some make 65,000 to do the same exact job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to evaluate the leadership role from the Supervisors up to the VP of the Department and make changes. Talk the talk, but also walk the walk. They have nice meetings but people are afraid to speak up and speak their minds for fear of retaliation or being terminated. Management is unapproachable and too hands on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Thrive on mediocrity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you have had a mediocre career, but have the ability to take other peoples ideas, grab leads before the right person with the right skills does, and promote yourself and synch up with upper management, then this is place for you!

    Cons

    Still having problems with the merger from 2010. Old Towers Perrin culture reigns in the Talent, Rewards, and Communications practice. Not very talented people get ahead, as long as they play the politics right. They don't recognize talent. Consultants are way overworked, and they don't pay as well as the big 4 consulting firms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should take your own advice that you give to your clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not for me

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Towers Watson as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Loved the type of work and the workload

    Cons

    Unless you want to devote your entire personal life to your coworkers, it's impossible to succeed at this company. Most socialize with, live with, and even date their coworkers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Post Merger Disaster

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Towers Watson full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fruit in break rooms, Nice building and relatively clean office space, jeans allowed on Friday and in summer, excellent healthcare benefits

    Cons

    The enormity of stress and workloads are so extraordinary, you will pay for it via burgeoning health problems and decline. Since the merger (over 2 years ago) employees in every line of business are overworked and paranoid of working with others from the former "other side" (they still refer to you as a former Towers Perrin person or Watson Wyatt) and of being pushed out of their job. Hence, there is an unending stream of back-stabbing, collusion and throwing everyone under the bus. Horribly tense, jagged pins-and-needles environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't roll out expensive flag-waving tech initiatives which only completely hinder productivity and make life miserable. Compensate talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    With the merger the company was loaded with upper management

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    Former Employee - Actuary Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Actuary Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good starting pay and nice people

    Cons

    no worklife balance and way to many bosses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A smelly surprise

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Bathrooms were very clean and well maintained

    Cons

    Office smelled really really bad

  9.  

    It was good but the former culture lasted

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Services Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Office Services Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Towers Watson full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    TW has a good reputation with clients.

    Cons

    TW does not pay well and does not solicit staff input when making decisions that impacts how people work within the organization. This company is not transparent. Management always shocks their staff with new process, systems, and methods that consistently fails. On many occassion, people get so frustrated and causes them to look for greener pastures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff because they are the best asset you have. You have already lost a lot of good people so please take good care of whoever is left in your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good project opportunities but difficult to get if you are not personal friends with those involved in the projects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Great name recognition in the professional services consulting industry
    Competitive pay
    Potential to learn from many varied projects

    Cons

    Senior level employees have the attitute that mid-lower level employees are not entitiled to a work-life balance
    Personal friendship not experience or competency determines workload and growth in this business environment
    People manager system needs to be revamped to ensure that the manager understands all of the roles and responsibilities of those they manage since in many cases, people managers and those they manage are not in the same field
    HR is not very helpful when issues arise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership should remember that the assets of a professional services firm are the people and need to be nurtured
    The reasons for high turnover should be researched and fixed to prevent future occurences

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Culture? what culture?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Towers Watson

    Pros

    Nice offices. Convenient location, free coffee and tea.

    Cons

    No team environment obvious. Everyone seems disjointed most likely because..."am I Towers" or "am I Watson" They have no culture of team work or sharing information . No feedback on job performance, unless it's unsatisfactory. Never a pat on the back for good work done. Unapproachable management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and reward your employees for good work done. Offer CONSTRUCTIVE criticism when improvment is needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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